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[http://colonialnorthamerican.library.harvard.edu/items/show/8824 '''Common Place Book of John Holyoke''' ]
"John Holyoke, uncle of President Edward Holyoke, was born to Elizur and Mary (Pynchon) Holyoke on August 5, 1642, in Springfield, Massachusetts. Graduating from Harvard College in 1662, Holyoke was among the early settlers of Westfield, Massachusetts, preaching there for several months in 1667. Returning to Springfield after his father’s death in February 1675/6, he became a freeman on May 23, 1677 and subsequently served in several public offices. Holyoke died on February 6, 1711/12."